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Newspapers from the 1700s
The eighteenth century saw the heyday of the Age of Reason, and the rising popularity and increased distribution of newspapers played a key role in deepening and expanding public discourse. We carry only absolutely authentic original newspapers, and there's no better way to discover the history of the 1700s than to hold a newspaper from that century in your own hands.
September 29, 1761
THE LONDON CHRONICLE: or, UNIVERSAL EVENING POST, London, September 29, 1761
* George III of the United Kingdom
The front page begins the report on the coronation of King George III. "This day his Majesty King George the Third, and Queen Charlotte, were crowned in the abbey church of Westminster, with the ceremonies accustomed upon that great and glorious solemnity...". The ... See More
Item #653296GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1796 Included is an interesting and quite descriptive article on the kangaroo, perhaps the earliest such report we have seen. Bits include: "...The Gamgarou, or, as Pennant calls it, Kangaroo, is a native of New South Wales and first discovered by that able and much lamented navigator Capt. Cook. The proportions of this animal are singular in a gr... See More
Item #653295THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1796
Under "Review of New Publications" is: "Observations on Mr. Paine's Pamphlet, entitled, 'The Decline and Fall of the English System of Finance'..." (see). Further on is a letter signed: Horatio Nelson headed: "Vessels of War & Transports Taken by the Squadron under the command of Commodore Horatio... See More
Item #653293THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, October, 1797 Among the many articles under "Review of New Publications" is: "A Letter to the Infamous Tom Paine, in Answer to His Letter to Gen. Washington, by Peter Porcupine." this is followed by: "Expostulatory Letter to George Washington, of Mount Vernon, in Virginia, on His Continuing to be a Proprietor of Slaves, by Edwar... See More
Item #653291THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1773 Perhaps the most fascinating item in this issue is a nice article titled: "Description of the National History Plate" and which begins: "The animal here represented is of a new species never yet described..." and it goes on to describe in much detail what is a kangaroo, found in New South Wales, Austral... See More
Item #653284THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, March, 1784 A very historic issue as it contains the complete text of George Washington's Farewell Address to Congress, officially resigning his commission as commander in chief of the Continental Army.
Headed: "The United States in Congress Assembled, Dec. 23, 1783" it has a prefacing paragraph which includes: "According to orde... See More
Item #653282THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1794 Although there is a wide range of interesting content in this issue, the prime content is likely a report headed: "The Execution of the Queen", which has in the first paragraph: "...informed the Convention that the trial of Marie Antoinette had lasted three days--that, being found guilty, she had been condemned to death, and... See More
June 28, 1753
THE INDEPENDENT REFLECTOR, New York, June 28, 1753 This rare newspaper lasted for less than one year, publishing but 52 issues. Primarily moral and political essays, it gave offense to men in power and was "suppressed by authorities", as Brigham relates.
The imprint appears at the bottom of the back page, noting: "New York: Printed by J. Parker at the New Printing Office in B... See More
May 15, 1735
THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, Feb. 24, 1735/6 The double year reflects the two calendars in use at the time. My today's calendar the year is 1736.
As any serious collector of newspapers knows, it is exceedingly difficult to find any colonial American newspapers from before 1760, let alone an issue from 1736. It began in 1719 and only published through 1749. It was the... See More
June 27, 1798
THOMAS'S MASSACHUSETTS SPY OR WORCESTER GAZETTE, June 27, 1798 Pg. 2 has an address of Congregational ministers of Mass. to the President, with his reply signed in type: John Adams. Also an address of the Mass. Assembly to him concerning the XYZ Affair, with his response signed: John Adams.
Four pages, nice condition.... See More
November 20, 1783
DREWRY'S DERBY MERCURY, England, Nov. 20, 1783 Page 2 begins with reports from Rivington's Royal Gazette in New York, mentioning the loss of a ship--likely with Loyalists--en route to Nova Scotia. Also a report from Virginia concerning the possession of Detroit plus mention: "...Notwithstanding this flattering prospect of peace...we are not a little alarmed at the rash & wic... See More
March 4, 1779
THE MIDDLESEX JOURNAL & EVENING POST, London, March 4, 1779 Page 2 has a Paris report: "It is assured, that the marquis de la Fayette reports, that the affairs of the United States of America are in the best situation & that the most perfect accord reigns between the members of the congress and the military commanders. Dr. Franklin expresses the greatest joy at the news he has r... See More
March 18, 1775
THE MIDDLESEX JOURNAL & EVENING ADVERTISER, London, March 18, 1775 Page 3 has a speech of the Marquis of Rickingham relating to America & the controversies there. One mention: "...Whether the trade of Great Britain should ultimately sustain a shock & the whole body of North American merchants be reduced to suffer hardships...The vast increase & consequent importance of t... See More
July 23, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 23, 1768 The front page has the conclusion of the lengthy letter from Admiral De Fonte, "giving an Account of the most material Transactions in a Journal of his from the Calo of Lima in Peru, on his Discoveries to find if there was any North-West Passage from the Atlantic Ocean into the South and Tartarian Sea," followed by considerable text. The... See More
October 14, 1789
THE DIARY OR WOODFALL'S REGISTER, London, Oct. 14, 1789 Page 2 has a great letter stating the considerable economic growth of the United States in producing their own manufactured goods, etc. It begins: "A letter from Philadelphia speaks of the rapid advancement of the American in all those manufactures which heretofore were chiefly derived from Europe..." and going on to cite ... See More
April 27, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, April 27, 1789 Pages 2 and 3 have much reporting on the earliest days of the federal congress (first sat on April 6). At the end of their work of April 25 was preparation for the inauguration of George Washington, just 3 days away from the date of this issue. Text includes: "...laid before the house a report agreed to by the committee of both houses appoi... See More
May 28, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, May 28, 1789 Page 2 has reporting of: "Congressional Intelligence" from the early months of the new federal government. Also a report beginning: "Yesterday arrived in this City from Mount Vernon, Mrs. WASHINGTON, the amiable consort of the President of the U. States. Mrs. Washington from Philadelphia was accompanied by the Lady of Mr. Robert Mor... See More
December 19, 1782
DREWRY'S DERBY MERCURY, England, Dec. 19, 1782 Page 2 has some interesting reports from the House of Lords concerning the issue of independence for America, including: "...The nation...was at a loss how to reconcile what, on a former day, had been asserted with respect to the Independence of America...when compared with an assertion of one of his colleagues...there appeared an ambig... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1747 Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the very nice foldout map titled in the cartouche: "FRANCE With Its Acquired Territories In Germany, and the Netherlands...". This map shows considerable detail including a close-up view of the harbor & town of Toulon. The map also shows the southern portion of England and just a... See More
August 24, 1793
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, August 24, 1793 Page 2 has not one but two letters signed in italic type by Go. Washington (see), one in response to a letter from the Chairman of a meeting of citizens of New York, and the other to the inhabitants of the city of Hartford, Connecticut. Printings of Washington letters & documents in period newspapers are increasingly difficult to find tod... See More
September 6, 1794
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Sept. 6, 1794 This issue has content relating to the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania. This was a tax protest by farmers who sold their grain in the form of whiskey. The Whiskey Rebellion demonstrated that the new national government had the willingness and ability to suppress violent resistance to its laws.
On the front page taking most of the first two... See More
Item #652813THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1772 Certainly the most notable item in this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of Part of WEST FLORIDA" from Pensacola to the Mouth of Iberville River, with a View to shew the Proper Spot for a Settlement on the Mississippi." The map shows much detail (see) and includes a nice inset of a "Plan for a ... See More
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1779 Inside has a very historical report headed in part: "...following letter from the brave Capt. Pearson of his Majesty's ship Serapis..." which contains an excellent account of the most famous naval battle of the Revolutionary War. The account about the engagement, which takes nearly two pages, is quite graphic stating in part: &... See More
Item #652754THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE London, May, 1778 (no plate included) Of significance is an article: "Account of the Examination of Gen. Burgoyne" concerning his actions which led to losing the Battle of Saratoga, which contains some interesting reading (see images for portions).
Although the original and highly sought after plate of the "Blowing of the Horn" at the Synag... See More
July 1, 1768
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1768 (offered at a significantly reduced price - see note regarding the magic square plate)
Perhaps the most notable content is the article on an inside page titled: "Surprising Properties of Numbers placed in Dr. Franklin's Magic Square of Squares," which is a fascinating article describing Benjamin Franklin's amazing numerical puzzle... See More
July 1, 1768
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1768 Page 2 has "Interesting Advices from America" with a Boston report beginning: "Last Friday fe'nnight the officers of the customers made a seizure of a sloop belonging to John Hancock..." with more (see photos), followed by other reports of troubles in America.
On an inside page is an article titled: "Suprizing Pro... See More
June 18, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 18, 1796 The front page has 3 Acts of Congress, each one signed in script type by the President: Go. Washington, plus part of a fourth Act which carries over to pg 2, also signed by Washington.
The very first, at the top of the front page, is: "An Act Respecting The Mint" detailing the ways & means of procuring copper for the minting of cents a... See More
October 25, 1760
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 25, 1760 Only to be had in a London newspaper is this very rare, same-day report of the death of the king. At the top of the back page is a heading: "Postscript" with news recently received, the text noting: "This morning about seven o'clock, departed this life, at his palace at Kensington, his Sacred Majesty our most graciou... See More
October 2, 1793
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Massachusetts, October 2, 1791 On page under the heading "France" is the report pertaining to the trial of Charlotte Corde who murdered Marat. "The exterminatrix of Marat, continued to display the same uncommon spirit of heroic firmness and resolution to the last moment of her life. Being asked by her Judges, who were her accomplices? she answered, ... See More
August 10, 1786
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Aug. 10, 1786 Beginning on the front page & taking over a column on pg. 2 is a nice account of the attempted assassination of King George III by Margaret Nicholson, an event which received much attention at the time, in fact Wikipedia has a nice account on her. Part of the report notes: "...The knife that was struck at his Majesty's breast was a de... See More
June 30, 1785
THE CONTINENTAL JOURNAL & WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Boston, June 30, 1785
* Rare 18th century American title
* Nice herald eagle masthead engraving
The dominant feature is the beautiful masthead, featuring a great engraving of a heraldic eagle with U.S. shield. A great masthead for display.
The ftpg. is part of the continued "History of America" by William Robertson. Page 2 ha... See More
September 10, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 10, 1785
* United States trade w/ China begins
* Empress of China (ship)
* Samuel Shaw
An extremely notable issue on trade with China which began in 1784. Page 2 begins with a lengthy letter signed in type by Samuel Shaw, and is prefaced with: "The following is a letter to Mr. Jay from Mr. Shaw who went in the ship ... See More
November 29, 1794
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 29, 1794
* President George Washington
* State of the Union Address
Over half of pg. 2 & a bit of pg. 3 are taken up with Washington's: "Address" to Congress, being his state-of-the-union address, signed by him in script type: Go. Washington. This offers a great overview of the events of 1794.
The ftpg. has 2 items regarding relation... See More
Item #652606THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1769
* John Dickinson
* John Hancock
Contents include: "A New Voyage to the West Indies, Giving an Account of the various Nations that dwell near the great river Mississippi, ..." which is extremely descriptive of the western lands of America and the native American Indians in the area (see for portions) and taking over 4 ... See More
January 19, 1779
THE MIDDLESEX JOURNAL & EVENING POST, London, Jan. 19, 1779 The entire front page & a bit of pg. 2 are taken up with verbatim: "Proceedings of the Court Martial on the Trial of Admiral Keppel". As Wikipedia notes: 'During the American Revolutionary War Keppel came into a notorious dispute with Sir Hugh Palliser over Palliser's conduct as his second-in-command at the... See More
October 18, 1794
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Oct. 18, 1794 This issue has content relating to the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania. This was a tax protest by farmers who sold their grain in the form of whiskey. The Whiskey Rebellion demonstrated that the new national government had the willingness and ability to suppress violent resistance to its laws.
Page 2 has a report titled: "The Patriot ... See More
January 15, 1790
THE MORNING POST & DAILY ADVERTISER, London, January 15, 1790 Pages 2 and 3 both have articles related to 18th century boxing, one of which includes a mention of Daniel Mendoza, the famed Jewish boxer. Page 2 also has the mention of ships full of convicts headed for Botany-Bay (Australia) having been given their final orders.
Four pages, very nice condition.... See More
October 3, 1795
COURIER OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, Concord, Oct. 3, 1795
* Rare 18th century American title
Certainly one of the less common American 18th century newspapers. The entire front page is taken up with a continued portion of: "New French Constitution - Plan of a Constitution for the French Republic" with much of the inside pages being items from Europe as well. Most of the back page is taken up... See More
June 1, 1751
THE LONDON GAZETTE, June 1, 1751 This issue has period advertising and news from throughout the world, including reports from Parma, Rome, Turin, Vienna, Berlin, Hague, Middleburg, and Whitehall. Another article is in regards to The East-India House, and there is an interesting detailed report of a Post Office being robbed by a Highwayman.
The front page has a partial (3/4ths) red tax stamp.
Com... See More
Item #652448THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, England, November, 1793 Although there is a wide range of interesting articles in the body of this issue, certainly the most significant is one of the more inconspicuous, being the announcement of the death of John Hancock. Perhaps it is not unexpected that the death of this notable person, who had been such a thorn in the side of England during the years ... See More
January 1, 1788
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1788 Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Remarks on the Descriptions of the Pyramids of Egypt" which is very early on the exploration of the pyramids. King Tut's tomb was not breached until the 1920's. Included is a nice foldout plate with 5 views of it, which of which show interior chambers (see images). There is a "Let... See More
Item #652444THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1777 The issue begins with a continuation of the: "Debate in the House of Lords...relative to the American War" taking over 5 pages & with much on the Revolutionary War. One bit notes: "...That America never aimed at independence till she was compelled to it by our harsh conduct; and that she is at least unanimous in one thing, n... See More
Item #652443GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1781 Under "Diary of Memorable Occurrences in the year 1780..." is a lengthy list of item & includes: "The American out posts at Newark & Elizabeth-town were surprized & the men made prisoners...American post of John's House on the White Plains was attacked when 40 men were killed & 97 taken. Another American ... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1750 An interesting article concerns Mount Vesuvius, and has a nice foldout plate: "A Prospect of Mount Vesuvius with its Eruption in 1630", which measures approximately 8 by 9 1/4 inches (with the addition of wide margins). A few pages later is another very nice foldout print of the same size, captioned: "Prospect of Mount... See More
Item #652437GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1796 Included is a nearly column long letter signed in type: Horatio Nelson, written on board his ship Victory near Toulon, mentioning in part: "I have the pleasure to inform you that the troops...troop possession of the forts & town of Puerto Ferrajo this day..." with further details.
Includes both plates called for, one o... See More
March 9, 1782
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, March 9 1782
* Revolutionary War Era
* 18th century
* From The Enemy
Most of the ftpg. is: "The Humble and Dutiful Declaration & Address of his Majesty's American Loyalists" continued in a future issue (not present). This is a lengthy & passionate appeal which has near the beginning: "We, his Majesty's most dut... See More
Item #652422THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, August, 1773 Perhaps the most interesting item in this issue is the 6+ page article: "Epitome of Commodore Byron's Voyage Round the World" which is continued from a previous issue. This is a great travelogue on a portion of his excursion.
But the "Historical Chronicle" near the back of the issue has content of historical signific... See More
Item #652421THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1766 There are three pages with reports headed: "American Affairs" which gives reports from the House of Representatives in Massachusetts Bay, Connecticut, and Maryland. These pages contain some terrific content on the feelings of the colonists regarding England and taxation (see for portions), one item noting: "Resolved, that it... See More
June 15, 1796
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 15, 1796
* President George Washington
* 3 Acts of Congress signed in script
* Nathaniel Gorham death
Page 2 has a report of the death of Nathaniel Gorham, a signer of the Constitution. Nice to have in a Boston newspaper as he lived in nearby Charlestown and was a signer for the state of Massachusetts.
The front page has three Acts of the United Sta... See More
February 13, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, February 13, 1768 As inside report under the heading, "AMERICA - New York," tells of a visit from South Carolina by a number of chiefs of the Cherokee Nation requesting the U.S. government mediate a dispute between the Cherokee Nation and the Six Nations of the Iroquois. Included is a mention that on the day after their arrival, "...three of the Mohawk Ch... See More
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